Avril | Brasserie Dupont sprl

205 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cjgator3 on 05-19-2008

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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (code L10048A 17:18), poured into my Hennepin glass.

Greenish yellow color, slightly hazy, close to the color of a chardonnay. Nice bright creamy white head, decent retention, nice lacing.

Smell is pungent yeast and farmhouse funk. I can smell it from 4 feet away.

The taste is light and refreshing, a lighter version of Saison Dupont. Faint lemon, spice, yeast, and clean, crisp water.

This is a true Belgian session beer. I could enjoy this for hours with a fine meal or a backyard barbecue.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is yellow hued with a small, white, fluffy head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings grasses, lemon zest, floral notes, yeast, and spices.

This is one of the most flavorful beers under 4% abv I have had the pleasure to drink. Extremely well balanced and packed with a bouquet of everything I found in the aroma, only more potent.

The body is light and crisp, making this an ideal choice for a hot weather beer. The finish is delicate and smooth. This beer is chuggable. It would be quite easy to put away several of these.

I was really impressed by Dupont Avril. I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm. I love me a good Saison, especially one with such a low abv that still packs in some flavor. An excellent summer option. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden with a nice glow to it, a fairly big head that sticks around as a nice cap. Smells floral, slightly herbal, and fairly light. Tastes similar to the smell. Light, floral, a little grainy, a touch of light banana and clove and some late drying coriander. Light and crisp in the mouth, a good summer porch beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a snifter glass a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head. The aroma has notes of wheat, banana, clove, and spearmint. Perhaps a touch of bubblegum as well. Light mouthfeel. The taste pretty much follows the nose but the bubblegum to me sticks out more in the taste. Some florals. Pretty refreshing. Overall, I actually liked this. I could see the bubblegum flavor getting a little old but otherwiese enjoyable.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow gold color. Head is white. Moderate level of retention.

Aroma: A very light beer. Farmhouse flavors show with notes of straw. Some sugary sweet flavors. Very simple.

Taste: The taste pretty much matches the nose. It is a very light saison. Some grassy hops with some straw flavors. A hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is an incredibly easy drinking beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. A decent amount of flavor for having such a low abv.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light beer insofar as abv and flavors. Session beer for sure. Pours a very light orange/goldish, cloudy with a fairly poofy head.

Light aroma that isn't all that complex; lemon zest, honeysuckle and spices.

Not much of a malt profile here. Predominately a yeast forward beer, that's where it gets its flavors..mostly. Spice, coriander, lemon zest, green apple, some florals. Peppery a bit.

Still, it feels nice. Tingly and quenching. I don't normally drink beer with food, but I could see this beer pairing with anything summer-y...at first.

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Photo of rbd13
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with visible carbonation, medium head from pour that fades pretty quick.
The nose is spicy and sweet with bready yeast, pepper and floral hops.
Flavors of sweetbread yeast, cloves, floral hops and a slight hint of pepper. Very dry finish that does not linger.
Tons of carbonation and a light mouth feel.
Great for a sunny afternoon!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A table beer from Brasserie Dupont. It pours a hazy yellow to golden beer with a big lively head. The aroma is bursting with spring. New grass and bright earthiness abound. The mouthfeel is light, a particularly through the center. Tartness and apples bring it through the center. The low ABV makes its presence known through the center as it falls flat a bit. It finishes with some grassy bitterness. Overall a refreshing, light, and flavorful beer.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another winner from this world-class farmhouse brewery and it's pioneering importers. tons of flavor in this little beer... bright gold with a white head that holds and leaves lace. bright aromatics. nose is lemony (zest?) to me at first, but gives way to signature dupont skunkiness and grassy, herbal, lemongrassy notes wrapped up with a touch of pepper and a bit of musty barn for good measure. very much like saison dupont, but not like saison dupont divided by two. taste is fantastic. one of the most flavorful low abv beers i've ever tasted. full of pepper and lemongrass, with even a touch of bready/crackery malt peeking it's head through. as full-bodied as a light-body beer can be with a soft feel and snappy carbonation that has just the slightest tingle to it. a refreshing and extremely tasty brew from one of my all-time favorite breweries. i wish this beer was standard practice, not a special delicacy.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a semi-opaque cheerful straw-gold. Bubbly 2-finger cream-colored head settles quickly and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is full of skunk, not unlike Dupont's excellent Foret. There is quite a bit of apple in here as well.

T: A floral skunkiness dominates the flavor, along with some bready notes from the yeast. Slight sour apple in the middle, finishing with a hint of spice and a light banana flavor. Flavors are extremely subdued.

M: Moderate carbonation with a thicker body than one would expect given the 3.5% ABV. Incredibly crisp and dry.

O: As the bottle proclaims, this beer is a support; it is not a leading role. With this in mind, Avril is stunningly well-balanced, thoroughly drinkable and the perfect compliment to a light lunch. At $4 for a 750 ml, this also happens to be rather affordable.

An excellent, affordable table beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The first pour from a longstanding bottle is fairly clear, while subsequent pours become increasingly hazy (and even cloudy) as the yeast is disturbed. The body is deep gold in color beneath a pillowy head of bright white. The head retention is quite good, and it takes several minutes for it to dwindle (if you can wait that long). Even then, it still maintains a solid surface covering throughout the glass. Lacing is average.

S: In the nose it's grassy, floral, delicately spicy and a touch peppery (as in green bell pepper seeds) over a bed of lightly bready/wheaty malt that offers only the slightest suggestion of sweetness. As might be expected, it's just a slight bit funky with a touch of mustiness.

T: As the nose suggests, there's a firm maltiness to it, but it's not sweetish. It's very straightforward grainy. Some chalky, gently mineral-like character from the yeast rides atop that, and then there are the floral, lemony, grassy, and spice notes. It starts very big in the beginning, but fades rather easily in the dry, lingering finish.

M: Medium bodied and crisp. The median carbonation gently bristles the tongue.

O: A very satisfying, refreshing ale.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy light orangeish yellow color with a thin white head.

S- Overall, I'd say that this one a bit light. I picked up some citrus, coriander, bit of pepper, banana and a bit of cracker type malt.

T- Taste is like the nose light. There is also a light funkiness to this one and a bit of a herbal taste.

M- Light in body and carbonation was pretty nice.

D- Just not one of my favorite styles so this one is a bit harder for me to drink. I can understand how/why some people would really dig this one.

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Photo of Beaver13
1.97/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is really stinky musty yeast with a little spicing and some bready malts.

The flavor is some bitter metallic yeast with some sweet breadiness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, not very good. Skunked bottle? The skunkiness faded some as it sat, but didn't get much better.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow color. The head is two inches of fluffy white foam that recedes extremely slowly, and leaves sticky lacing along the edges of the glass. The aroma is of lemon peel, barnyard, pollen, and ragweed. This is a very complex, and interesting aroma. The taste is a balance of barnyard funk and lemons. I don't get as much going on in the taste as I do in the aroma, but it is still good. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and heavier than I had expected for a beer of 3.5% ABV. The carbonation is very high though, which somewhat gets in the way of things. Overall, this is a really good beer. I wish there were more authentic saisons out there like this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a fluffy head that sticks nicely and leaves a film of lace

Smell: Farmhouse funk, with lemon, grassy hops and wheatbread

Taste: Opens with a lemony wheatbread character that adds the farmhouse funk and grassy hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemon flavors raise it up a notch with the finish providing a lingering element of funk

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Love the low abv level on this beer and it proves out the point that a lot of flavor can be packed into a session beer - we need more examples of this

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright gold in color. Small fizzy head. Aroma is grassy and a bit funky. Taste is simple but good, lemon, grass, wheat. Mouthfeel is sprizty and well carbonated. Drinkability is good, a small appetizing beer that went well with steak and red potatos. It is a table bier after all. Had some problems finding a "good" bottle of this beer, this one can prove to be another green bottle casualty.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Tria in Philly.

Yellow and very hazy. The aroma is fruity with a slight funk. The flavor is smooth and crisp with some fruit and hints of sourness and funk. It was low in carbonation and silky smooth.

This is a refreshing, easy going beer that's perfect if you want to keep the ABV low.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Tria in Downtown Philly. Poured into a 13-oz tulip glass.

The pour yields a nice hazy light golden straw color that is capped by a typical fluffy and full Belgian head, much like Saison Dupont is. There is a dirty hay hue in the body that makes me ready to dive into this saison. There is a great lace that forms in rings.

The aroma, for a 3.5% beer is surprisingly strong. This ain't no MGD 64. There is a great banana and clove flavor that provides a base for a sweaty hay funk and good grassy notes from the hops. On the palate, it is much of the same. A solid saison by any measure. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but hell, it IS a LIGHT saison at 3.5%. There isn't much more that I could ask of this beer, as the texture is somewhat limited by the gravity.

A true session beer, even by Ding's standards, this saison hits the mark for both light beers and world class saisons. I would put a keg of this in my house and drink it every day if I could. There is enough character to make this beer totally worth the try despite its low alcohol content and 'light' designation.

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Photo of gfreed
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and light, this is a thinner version of Saison Dupont: bread and citrus, but less so. The hops are fruity and sharp enough to tingle, and the carbonation is refreshing; there's enough malt to add some caramel but only around the edges; there's enough funk to carry you to funky suburbia but not quite to funky town (sorry...). Great for the beach or for watching "The Train" with Burt Lancaster (although I actually watched it with my wife). Well worth keeping on hand. You could easily drink a bottle of this, enter the fields with your sharpest sickle and be reasonably confident that you wouldn't sever your own leg, or that of the nearest worker.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for voluminous well-carb'd head that dies slow w/ a sticky lace patch on top of a yellowish gold body. A good amount of yeast and citric/lemon zest and orange along with some sour fruit like apple/pear and spices; hints of sweet malt as well. Light-bodied, easy to drink with sharp citric notes (almost like lime) and has a bit of a sour edge to it. Fruit flavors balanced with a soft wheatiness and slightly cutting backbite w/ a touch of sweet malt. Real easy to drink and this is definitely a beer to enjoy with a meal w/ friends.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $9. Pillowy head atop a yellow colored body. Smells spicy and floral, sasion-like. The taste was pretty darn good for such a low alcohol beer. spicy, lemony, wheaty, good saison. Excellent beer for drinking during the day but I'm not sure I could afford to buy it like that.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a transparent hazy straw yellow with tons of fluffy thin white head.

S-bready notes up front, very earthy with a light funk, moderate yeast with lemon behind.

T-a little watery, light acidic notes, earthy funk is present, yeast is there as well with the lemon in back. not overly complex and a little watery but at 3.5 still brings a fair bit of flavor.

M-grainy and rough on the palate, very thin in the back, slightly dry with tons of carbonation and a sharp crisp finish.

D-solid beer here and the low abv contributes to the lack of feel. not the best beer around but still quite sessionable. would pass on in the future.

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Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing.

The aroma was mostly spicy yeast scents with some grain in the background. The flavors were also dominantly spice, yeast and grain.

The body was thin, almost watery, with minimal effervescence. Drinkability was OK, but as thin and bland as this beer was, why bother?

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass after dinner at Tria. It went nicely with the buttery and somewhat sharp toma cheese I had. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was clear, straw yellow with a tall fluffy white head. The body was light and the beer was refreshing on a this hot summer day, though it felt a touch sharp. The flavor was understandably mellow with gentle lemon peel and pepper.

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Photo of drpimento
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork finished & opened with a nice "pop". Poured with a medium sized off white head and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber. Aroma was skunk at first then changed to crackers lemons grain fresh baked bread yeast. Flavor is not as complex- basically a little malty yeast hint of fruit and citrus and tart. Body is a little thin but sharp carbonation making this a quite refreshing beer. Good summer beer as a saison should be. Could be an easy sessioin beer if you're in the mood.

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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 205 ratings
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